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Dogma - BrewDog

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 03-04-2009)
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Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660 ml bottle, best before 3/3/2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a half-inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, with a good amount of lacing. Aroma is very sweet, it smells like honey, caramel malt, toffee, tea and nuts (which I assume is from the poppy seeds and kola nuts). It tastes like honey, caramel, toffee and herbal hops. There's also a lingering bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol isn't very noticable at all. I thought it was pretty decent and would try it again in the future, although this brew is a bit pricey.

bluejacket74, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cambridge Brewing Co. collaboration night. Served in a teardrop glass.
A) Poured with a two finger head. Tan. Creamy. Sticky. Amber in color.
S) Robust caramel malts. Floral hops. Cinnamon.
T) Nutty and sweet up front. Noticeable heather. Midway through hop bitter smackdown. Lingering hop taste and feel. Complex all the way through.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Tannin in the finish and beyond.
D) It takes time to warm up to this one. Very creative composition.

u2carew, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A-Slightly veiled medium amber that only forms its eggshell head with a with very vigorous pour.

S-Candied dark fruits and caramel malts. It smells almost cloyingly sweet.

T-The smell is deceptive, as the taste is nowhere near as sweet as it smells. A caramel toffee nuttiness begins the palate followed by the guarana poppy seed combo and a hoppy back end. Alcohol follows in the finish.

M-Lighter than expected...on the lighter side of medium. Balanced carbonation.

D-I'd say this is reasonably drinkable. Unusual, but drinkable. I probably am not going out of my way to buy another any time soon, but it has sparked my curiosity about the brewery and I look forward to seeing what else Brewdog has to offer.

caddybuyer, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden amber color, with a thin, creamy light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a mild caramel malt aroma. Some nutty aroma mixes in. It isnt as aggressive as I thought. It has a slight fruity aroma. A slight fig aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Less than I thought. Toffee and caramel mostly. Some nutty flavor also. I can taste a slight fig flavor also.

This beer is carbonated well. It leaves a caramel sweet aftertaste.

This beer might be a good session beer. It surely isnt aggressive. The alcohol content is a little high, so that would be the only problem.

Overall: This beer didnt impress me. It wasnt bad, but it wasnt incredable either. I expected it to be unique, but it was jsut middle of the road.

OStrungT, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer resembles an IPA: hazy burnt orange color, nice white head. Despite the long list of ingredients, the aroma was pretty tame. Some spice and sweet grain. Lots of different tastes show up. Some honey, toffee, Coca Cola, licorice, and hop bitterness. I'm not sure what this beer is trying to do, and found it to be a little too schizophrenic for me.

lordofthewiens, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I've never had a beer with kola nuts, poppy seeds, and guarana before. Would it really matter?

The beer seems to hold firm to a very solid English Bitter or a strong Mild. Great caramel flavors and aromas that might edge toward toffee. Though flavorful, the beer does not give a lot of residual sweetness, rather simply malty and drinkable.

The hops have a mild herbal flavor but ultimately a sturdy underpinning of bitterness that becomes a bit abrupt at times with a bitey lingering.

Otherwise, the beer has a nice medium fruitiness but not the buttery notes that come along with English style beers. This one seems to have ample carbonation to withstand a great head throughout and nice lacing all the while (most Brewdog beers have been lightly carbonated and not capable of doing so).

A nice English style bitter but the additions of the nuts, seeds, and herbs make little impact.

BEERchitect, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of mcallister
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale chestnut color with a weary off white head that fades quickly.

Thick english hops with a buttery diacetyl almost aspect. Some hints of earth hops and cereal grain.

Toffee galore with english noble bittering hops. Same buttery aspects of the nose. Nice thick mouth holds well to the cask conditioning.

mcallister, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer because I read a review of one of their other brews in BeerAdvocate magazine which sounded interesting, because it seems BrewDog is a Scottish brewery inspired by U.S. craft greats, and because the label text seems obviously inspired by particular California breweries of note. To wit: "This beer is not cool. You may think it is, but that is just a beautiful lie fabricated by clowns and gypsies." Kinda LagunitaStone, no? Also, it's brewed with Scottish heather honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana. Experimental, at the very least.

Didn't expect this, but it looks very Double IPA: burnt rust-orange color with a creamy, bubbly half-inch head. Well-filtered and just a few streaks of lace.

With all those wild ingredients, it sure doesn't smell very exotic. Rather just a dull fruit aroma with a slap of nuttiness that seems to put a fence around what might've been a more assertive smell.

The flavor, however, offers something for the fan of experimental brews. The guarana is probably the most up-front of the stated ingredients, with a super-earthy honey coming a close second. Nut is there and very much asserting its kola-ness, and having had Magic Hat's Odd Notion version that was brewed with poppy seeds, I believe there's a smidgen of those here too (a strained earth/dirt flavor). Inevitably, Dogma brings many tea-like impressions to mind. Take it as you will, but I'm not a huge fan of tea, although I quite like his beer. There's a tartness and a quick drying-out that lets the flavor down, as it just doesn't last long, and the only thing riding through in the finish is puckery unripe fruit. Still, when each sip offers something unusual, I'm in it for the long haul (ie. a full bomber -- no prob).

Mouth is velvety and borders on creamy, though a thinner body keeps it from grabbing much of the attention away from the interesting flavor profile.

Like this a good bit, although wouldn't want it more than occasionally. It has some problems (the puckery finish, unremarkable aroma) but all in all, I like. I like that it's one of few beers that doesn't bring "hops," "malt" or "yeast" to mind yet doesn't lack flavor and depth -- at least not for what it's going for, which is smashing paradigms and style categories. I'm officially interested in trying more BrewDog brews.

Metalmonk, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of degerbah
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle at UC's international beer tasting.

Pours a cloudy amber color with no head at all. The smell is odd. According to the bottle it is made with guarana, kola nuts, honey, poppies, and other spices. I could have been picking up any of these, the smell was just odd. The initial taste reminds me of an APA. Lots of hops up front with a huge honey aftertaste. There is almost no discernable alcohol taste which is an accomplishment at 7.8%. Too much honey for my taste and probably wouldn't get it again. Still, its my first brewdog and I'm glad to have tried it.

degerbah, May 01, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes at Catskeller Internationally Inspired Beer Tasting: Thanks Adam and Brandon!

Pours the color and body of honey. Has extremely light, barely there head.
A bit malty, some sweetness up front. Can smell the cola nuts.
Tastes like a bitter tea that has some sweet bitter back taste. Like pop and honeyish.
Great after feel. There is hints of ghorana and honey again.
Drinkable definitely, but the sweet taste makes it less than it could be with the flavors.

ThaBobfather, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange with a light white head, good lacing.

S: Smoky, fruity notes, berries, poppy seeds, honey for sure.

T: Bit of a roasty malt bitterness to start mixed with honey. Lightly floral in hop character, with some oaky resin in the aftertaste.

M: Thin at times, bitter aftertaste, relatively smooth, a bit of ethanol, meady.

D: An interesting brew, but in the end it didn't qualify its price-tag. Good flavours, but nothing to wow or intrigue the taste buds.

Halcyondays, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-copper color with a one-finger head into my glass with a nice hue.

Aroma is full of honey and a bit of poppy seed. Certainly seems like a complex ale with complex aromas. Unfortunately, I don't think I've ever smelled kola nut.

Taste is smooth and a bit sweet with honey and poppy seed showing through. I swear I can detect a bit of kola nut as in it has a bit of a cola essence.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness with a bit of pepper spiciness as well. Interesting.

I'm not sure what to make of this ale but I like it for what it is. It depends on what your tastes are but if you're adventurous enough, give it a shot.

Brad007, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana."

24.4oz brown glass pry-top. Batch 196. BB 03/03/10.

Appearance: The most head I've gotten from a BrewDog beer yet: 1/4 inch and fast fading bone white head. Clear orange/amber.

Nose: Caramel covered nuts and seeds, forest floor, dried orange peel. Complex and subtle.

Palate: Medium-bodied and somewhat bitter. Guarana! Like a tropical-fruit-infused cream soda ale. Best way I can describe it. Some black-pepper-like spiciness, and some dusty hops on the long finish. Finish is dominated by this creamy guarana.

Notes: This beer is somewhat subtle, and if you don't know what guarana tastes like, you should go to your local ethnic food grocer and see if the have a Guarana Soda from Brazil. It'll give you an idea. Yum!

SFLpunk, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
2.08/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Not sure of the style but it seems to fit a type of herbed/spiced beer category. The description on the bottles states: "Ale brewed with Scottish heather honey, kola nut, California poppy seed, and guarana." Sounds interesting. Got to try this one at La Bella Pizza thanks to Danny.

Pours a golden color with a half inch of foam, good retention.

Hints of kola nuts, honey, maybe guarana, toasted malts, sort of a rusty nail aroma too (in a bad way). Some grape fruitiness and a few minutes later I got a sweaty and armpit aroma, not appetizing at all.

Argh! Rusty nails again! Metallic in flavor, like sucking on a penny. Some herbal hoppyness, honey, but horrible mixture of flavors!

Decent carbonation but the aroma and flavor ruin everything else.

This bottle was split between 3 people and neither of us could finish our taster glasses.

seaoflament, Mar 04, 2009
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Dogma from BrewDog
81 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.